Janelle Zook Cunalata, composer with Grand Mesa Strings.

Janelle Zook Cunalata

Janelle Zook Cunalata is an active composer and music educator in central Pennsylvania. Her music is compelling, passionate, intriguing, and exciting. Creative music making in a context where performers are engaged and playing without tension, but freely and from the heart is Janelle’s passion.

Janelle received her Master of Music degree from Sam Houston State University at the American Band College in Ashland, Oregon in 2010 and a BS in Music Education as well as an Oboe Performance Certificate in 2006 from Penn State University.

One of Janelle's passions is passing the joy of music on to the next generation through educating and composing for students of all levels. Janelle taught orchestra and band in the Southern Lehigh and Bethlehem Area School Districts before moving to Ecuador where she taught large and small group music and composition lessons to students in Riobamba.

While Janelle loves writing new music and motivating students, she can also be found exploring the unknown, hosting family and friends, while spending time with her husband, Franklin, and their daughters Elizabeth and Emily.

For more information please visit JZCMusic.com.